Case in point; the wall of pictures hung behind the bed below. Some may think this is so wrong, but I think it's smart. This is designing and not just hanging pictures. The room is a great mix of new, old, mod and traditional. Notice how the fabric used to hang the nude portrait is necessary to balance out the wall of images.
I am a sucker for ladders. Use a small step stool as a side table for stacking books or add to the top of a low table for needed height.
Sometimes those large hutches and cabinets seem so heavy and take up so much room. Why not hang the darn thing? Yes, a bit of work to secure but look how effective.